Clif Bar has been recognized as a Pollution Prevention Champion by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality for its successful efforts to reduce waste and improve sustainability at its Twin Falls manufacturing facility.
“Clif Bar is setting a gold standard for not only internal waste reduction, but for employee and community engagement on environmental sustainability,” Ben Jarvis, DEQ’s pollution prevention coordinator, said in a press release on Wednesday.
Pollution prevention is any technique used to reduce or eliminate pollution generated, seeking to eliminate or minimize the amount or toxicity of wastes and pollutants before they are generated, according to DEQ.
To qualify as a candidate for pollution prevention recognition, Clif Bar submitted an application to DEQ demonstrating how they incorporated pollution prevention into daily operations by reducing raw materials or toxic materials purchased; hazardous or solid waste generated; water, energy, or fuel used; or air pollutants emitted.
“This award is a small token of appreciation for the unwavering dedication that Clif Bar has shown for protecting the environment,” Jarvis said.
“We have learned so much about their employee and community engagement efforts, and it truly appears that Clif Bar has left no stone unturned. From building envelope efficiency to supply chain management to renewable energy sourcing, Clif Bar is at the forefront of innovation,” he said.
Among its achievements, Clif Bar can tout a substantially more efficient building and bakery due to the use of hybrid cooling towers that reduce water use by over 30 percent, LED light fixtures and a reflective roof that reduce energy use by 20 percent, and process equipment that result in emission reductions of over 40 percent.
The facility is also on track to achieve a zero-waste certification, which it anticipates completing by the year 2020.
Efforts currently underway to achieve zero-waste certification include heavy investment in recycling of wood, cardboard and plastic and supplying more 2,000 tons of feed to local dairy farmers.